The idea for this post was born out of my excitement to wear my new yoga pants, purchased at Parallel Yoga last week. Admittedly, I don’t think I’ve ever purchased gear from anywhere but Lululemon, but there’s something about the exclusiveness of boutique shopping that makes me happy.
Besides these pants being pretty freakin’ cute, I was drawn to the promise of 10 trees planted for every item of clothing purchased. TenTree. How awesome is that? In taking into consideration that we as a community consider ourselves planet leaders on the whole ‘green initiative’ front, why wouldn’t Vancouverites want to source environmentally sustainable clothing for our workouts?
Besides that fact that yoga itself is a practice which is based on love and the desire to become more aware of our impact on everything around us, including our impact on ourselves, of course our yoga wear should reflect that!
This local company’s mantra is “Life with passion. Embrace life…in motion, in fashion.”
They’ve been a Vancouver staple since 2007, and are dedicated to conscientious environmental responsibility. They use sustainable materials and natural fabrics, such as bamboo, and place emphasis on great working conditions for their employees.
190 West 3rd Avenue
This fab yoga wear line was created and developed by two very talented women, Freyja Skye and Julie Emmerson, in 2007. MahiDevi means “great goddess” in Sanskrit.
The yoga line is offered in dozens of retail locations across Canada, but the magic happens right here in Vancouver. They use bamboo, soy, hemp, and organic cottons in their products, which scores this unique brand major eco points.
Unit 7 38918 Progress Way
Inspired by the growing yoga community on the west coast of Canada, TONIC began manufacturing yoga wear over a decade ago, in 2004, and now offers its product in over 37 countries!
The designs are created solely for women, by women, and the brand has always been Vancouver-based. TONIC has pledged their commitment to avoiding the use of toxic processing chemicals, which is why they can genuinely offer clean, healthy products for their consumers.
3740 William Street